For the first time, the Newport, R.I., mansion the Breakers will be open to the public in December. The Marble House also will continue its tradition of having a poinsettia "tree" in its Gold Ballroom.
The houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 26-30. All the houses of the Preservation Society of Newport County will be lit from dusk to 11 p.m. throughout December.
Among events planned by the society are "A Vanderbilt Christmas" at the Breakers, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with the home decorated in a manner reminiscent of the Gilded Age. There will be music and drink. Admission for non-members is $15.